Lyle La Fleur set up a collection spot at Chemainus Gardens for pet food and items to be distributed through the Harvest House Food Bank. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Lyle La Fleur set up a collection spot at Chemainus Gardens for pet food and items to be distributed through the Harvest House Food Bank. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Gardens residents thoughtful to pets

La Fleur organizes donation bin for four-legged friends of food bank recipients

It’s a pet project worthy of support.

Lyle La Fleur, who lives and works at Chemainus Gardens, came up with a plan to help out the four-legged friends of people who use the Harvest House Food Bank. He set up a bin at Chemainus Gardens for donations of food, treats, leashes, coats, doggy-doo bags and other items.

The Chemainus Harvest House Society Food Bank was appreciated of the initiative.

“Our community is amazing,” read a statement from the organization. “Here is an example of how an idea turned into beautiful reality.”

Kevin and Edna from Versa Sign designed a sign set up by the post office boxes at Chemainus Gardens and residents have been diligent in donating food for pets of food bank recipients.

“This is just a way the kids can have good memories with their pets,” said La Fleur.

One full bin was dropped off at the Harvest House Food Bank location in Chemainus Jan. 10 for distribution among those who use the food banks in Chemainus and Crofton. Another bin is currently being filled.

“At first, I was going to do human food, but, no, everybody’s got animals,” La Fleur noted.

“After, I’m going to get them to start donating human food and money.”

He made sure the sign made to identify the contents desired for the bin was a bright yellow.

“You’ll see it from far away,” La Fleur reasoned. “Your eyes automatically go to it.”